Hi guys and gals! I've spent the better part of the day perusing this site searching for a solution to what seems to be becoming a convoluted problem.
Everything was going fine, gonna do a system restore, press F11, right? Get to the restore page just fine, but the mouse wasnt plugged in, so had to shut down and find my mouse for this disused 3 year old desktop. Plug the mouse in, suddenly, I get the 1 long 2 short beep notifying me that I have a problem with my GPU or my RAM. I went through the ram first, swapping each one out in turn, only to get the same error beeps. I tried one RAM stick at a time, resulting in the same error beeps. So, it must be my GPU, right? Well, as it turns out, my GPU is integrated in my motherboard (MS-7548). So, I figure if I can snag a new graphics card on the cheap, I can not only upgrade my system, but I can avoid having to shell out for a new motherboard. Now, I dont get the error beeps, but it tries to boot from CD-rom, followed by Drive A (not installed) followed by a system halt error. If I try to start it up with the new GPU driver disc, I get a "Insert system disc"error.
Now, at no point am I given the option to enter BIOS to remove drive A from the boot order. Ive held down delete as my system boots, and nothing. Im really quite lost here. Ive tried re-seating everything, including my CPU. Ive thoroughly dusted the entire thing. What do I do next?